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Indicators to Measure Progress in Promoting Sustainable Communities
June 23, 2014
In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy released research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress in promoting sustainable communities and demonstrate the benefits of such policies.

Northeast States Continue Work on Reducing Carbon Pollution from the Transportation Sector
June 17, 2014
State transportation, energy, and environment officials from northeastern states gathered June 3-5 for the fifth annual Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) meeting to continue their efforts to reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector while boosting the clean energy economy.

The sessions included discussions on a wide array of potential policy paths that would help the 12 TCI jurisdictions (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NH, NY, PA, RI, and VT) achieve these goals.

Detailed Summary of the EPA's Proposed Rule to Limit Carbon Pollution from the Power Sector
June 13, 2014
This document provides a summary of EPA’s recently proposed rule to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.  It contains a particular focus on elements of the proposal that may be of interest to...

State-by-State Resources to Better Understand EPA's Carbon Pollution Rule
June 2, 2014
In the wake of the EPA's proposed rule to limit carbon pollution in the power sector, the Georgetown Climate Center has compiled a number of state-by-state resources and relevant information to help improve...

Eight States Release Action Plan to put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road
May 30, 2014
On May 29, eight states released an action plan to develop infrastructure, coordinate policies, codes and standards, and help develop a consumer market to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025.

New Online Tool Illustrates Key State Energy and Carbon Pollution Data Ahead of New EPA Rules
May 30, 2014
Leading up to the Obama Administration's release of new carbon pollution standards for the power sector, the Georgetown Climate Center today launched a dynamic online tool that generates maps and graphics that can...

National Climate Assessment Strengthens Prevailing Climate Science and Identifies Impacts Across the U.S.
May 7, 2014
This week the Obama Administration released the third National Climate Assessment, a comprehensive report on climate change projections and impacts in the United States.  The report, which updates the second...

Georgetown Climate Center Announces Support for Nine Adaptation Projects
April 10, 2014
More than 30 states, localities, and NGOs from across the country recently submitted requests to the Georgetown Climate Center for legal and policy support to assist them with projects to prepare their communities for...

Senate Hearing Calls Attention to the Need to Prepare for Extreme Weather
February 13, 2014
As communities across the country prepare for and recover from winter storms, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hosted a hearing on the costs of extreme weather events. Senator Tom...

Understanding New Jersey's Vulnerability to Climate Change
February 12, 2014
New Jersey residents are no strangers to the escalating impacts of climate change.  Rising sea levels mean future hurricanes will produce more severe damage, such as the damage produced by Hurricane Sandy....